Alice In Chains
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Alice In Chains

1 Jan 2001

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  Song Title
Grind (Album Version)
Brush Away (Album Version)
Sludge Factory (Album Version)
Heaven Beside You (Album Version)
Head Creeps (Album Version)
Again (Album Version)
Shame In You (Album Version)
God Am (Album Version)
So Close (Album Version)
Nothin' Song (Album Version)
Frogs (Album Version)
Over Now (Album Version)

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  • Original Release Date: 3 Nov 1995
  • Release Date: 3 Nov 1995
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 1:04:47
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  • ASIN: B001I8744S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,388 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars (4.5) Brooding Finale 25 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD
After creating a surge of fine albums in the 90s with the almost perfect tour-de-force of grunge - 1992's "Dirt" - and one of the most touching EPs I've ever heard - 1994's "Jar of Flies" - AIC's final output before Staley's death was this self-titled album, AKA "Tripod".

"Tripod" never really got the acclaim akin to "Dirt", although certain tracks got a deal of airtime such as the dingy Heaven Beside You, it is rather underrated in the grunge era. However, I feel it does lack the consistency of "Dirt" and at times feels a little bloated, but then it also contains some of AIC's finest work and has a very unique eerie feel to it, as it is the final works before the tragedy.

The opening two tracks kick things off in typical AIC grunge style. Grind has a menacing sluggish riff combined with an infectious chorus melody, a trademark of AIC at their best, and Brush Away is probably my favorite of the more straightforward rockers on the album with its stellar guitar interplaying from Cantrell and Staley's desperate cries of `I gotta get away...And brush away loose ground'. The vibes of anguish and depression are continued and multiplied tenfold by the punishing Sludge Factory, which feels like, well...sludge. This is the pinnacle of the album, and definitely up there with AIC's best achievements. The band bludgeon their way through the 7 minute entirety with huge walls of down-tuned guitars and one of Staley's best ever performances, his delivery is full of such deep frustration and anguish it is genuinely touching.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece 10 July 2009
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This is Alice's most complex and atmospheric album and my personal favourite.

Songs such as the opener, 'Grind' and 'Sludge Factory' will melt your face, whereas as the haunting 'Head Creeps' (one of AIC's best!) and 'Frogs' just leaving you feeling uneasy and, in my opinion, this is when Alice In Chains are at their very best.

I can see how people could find it inaccessable; there aren't any 3 minute headbangers on here, but give it a chance to sink in - this one's a MONSTER.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some crazy, weird, heavy stuff 5 Nov 2009
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Alice were always about dark, but the Tripod album is a strong contender for their most bleakly disorientating of all. Musically it captures the dissonant landscape of a damaged psyche perhaps even better than Dirt's howl of rage or Jar of Flies late night solitude. Like a good David Lynch film or Kafka story it takes you to places simultaneously fascinating and repulsive, oblique and captivating.

For starters, Grind immediately reasserts their ability to write a thunderous, hooky rock track. Brush Away is similarly face-melting. From there, however, things become more complex. Much of the album is weird, trippy, and bordering on the psychedelic. Sludge Factory progresses from a punishing downtuned riff to what sounds like Jerry Cantrell playing a solo on a guitar with slack, loosened strings, to Layne Staley reciting a muddle of non-sequiters in the voice of a robot. By the time it's seven minutes are up, you start to suspect someone might have sipped something into your drink. Similarly, after 8 minutes of stark acoustic picking and seasick guitar lines, Frogs ends with Staley murmuring and shouting like a man laid out after ingesting one too many questionable substances, over a nest of guitar and feedback.

Heaven Beside You and Over Now take a cue from the bands two excellent acoustic eps, and are starkly intimate and raw. Again and Nothin' Song make full use of the bizarre, shiver inducing harmonics with which the band pepper their louder than hell riffage. Shame in You is epic, and one of my favourite songs by the band.

Staley was apparently severely struggling with drugs by this stage, and Cantrell steps in on lead vocals on several tracks. But when Staley does appear, his commitment seems without question.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Alice In Chains have come a long way since the 1990 Facelift. Every album by these amazingly talented 4 men from Seattle gets better than the last. Dirt (1992) in my view is probably one of THE best rock albums yet. AIC are very hard to classify, i suppose they could be called grunge as they are part of the small group of bands from Seattle that are grunge. These are Nirvana, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, and so on. Layne Staley can do things with his voice that most vocalists would kill for. He is a great singer and has so much emotion, he gets this accross very well. Jerry Cantrell's riffs are just amazing and have the tone and quality that only AIC can give. Mike Starr and later Mike Inez (recently in Slash's snakepit) are both unbelievable bassists. Then there is Sean Kinney on drums who is just one of the best technical drummers around. This album, nicknamed TRIPOD for obvious reasons has the best collection of songs ranging from all areas of the bands Pshyche. From dark songs to light half-comedy songs. "Heaven Beside You" and "Grind" are the real stand out tracks, but the album as a whole cannot be beaten. This is the most expressive and also the last studio album alice did before they stopped recording (for now). My choice would be buy now ask questions later.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brooding, Depressing- Has sparks but the lights went out on the...
By 1995 despite a restbite with Mad Season, Layne Staley was in the deep throres of heroin addiction once again. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Colonel Decker
5.0 out of 5 stars alice in chains
bought this as used from zoverstocks one of the best stores to purchase used cd,s from as more often than not they come better than described as for the cd itself love it to bits
Published 3 months ago by tiddleypips
2.0 out of 5 stars Never Again
AIC are one of my favorite bands but this album doesn't cover them in glory. It is extremely dull and boring listen to from start to finish. Read more
Published 4 months ago by H.E.Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars Not AIC's Finest....
I really wanted to love this album, but aside from a few obvious highlights such as 'Grind', 'Brush Away' and 'Heaven Beside You', i'd say that it's nowhere near as good as... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Willis
3.0 out of 5 stars Alice In Chains third album
Its Ok, but not as good as the previous two, Facelift and Dirt. It has some good tunes. Recommend it for the completists. The Unpluged / Sap / Jar Of Flies package is superior.
Published 8 months ago by Nuno Castanheira
5.0 out of 5 stars Heard on Planet Rock, bought and downloaded straight away
Never heard of them till listening to them on Planet Rock, then thought whoa who are they? Downloaded this and Dirt immediately
Published 13 months ago by Bob Woolsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Alice in Chains
Definitely not my type of music but it was bought as a gift and was very much appreciated by the receipient
Published 15 months ago by Lynne Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars AIC
without a doubt, this is an amazingly important album in rock music. you may like it or not, no one can erase out the Seattle scene from rock music and neither diminish AIC in the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by adriano godinho
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very good album
Alice in Chains This album is a must have for all Alice In Chains lovers, a bit different in style to their previous albums but that distinctive raw sound of Jerry's guitar is... Read more
Published on 9 April 2009 by Jordan J. Cowell
5.0 out of 5 stars alice in chains
Alice in Chains were never a happy, pop band, and their final album (not counting the acoustic one-off mtv unplugged album) really re-enforces this. Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2008 by Jasper Wong
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